Lindy and calf top trade in Ulster Blonde club event
By Jeremy Hunt
A SIZZLING trade was seen for the high calibre turnout of bulls on parade at the Northern Ireland Blonde dAquitaine Breeders Clubs fixture.
But it was a cow and calf brought out in top form by leading breeder Adrian McClure, Newtownards that topped the trade at 3300gns. Ganaway Lindy – by Whistley Dollar and out of the 1993 RUAS supreme champion Ganaway Felicity – was sold with her heifer calf by the French sire Guitol. Buyer was Trevor McConnel, Temple Patrick, Co Antrim.
All bull sales at Portadown this spring have demonstrated a long-term confidence in beef cattle and this gathering was no exception. A smart team of bulls from Omagh breeder Louie Mowbray contained the days most sought after sire in Droit Nectar.
Sired by the Abricot son Totteridge Harinne, he stood champion and made 3000gns to John McSorley, Co Tyrone.
First-time exhibitor Glen Dalton, Antrim enjoyed a successful debut with Milltown Napoleon, a Ganaway Jasper son that had a daily liveweight gain from birth of 1.8kg. Buyer at 2650gns was Colin Malley, Co Down.
Other notable bids were 2450gns given by Barry Reilly, Co Fermanagh for Victor Irwins Erneroyal Notorious (Genus Hero) and 2300gns for Ivaniskey Nuisance (Ballygrainey Jack) from the McElroy family from Dromore who were also selling their first Blonde bull. (Automart)